Saturday, April 07, 2012

New Android Instagram version adds wi-fi handset, tablet support

Instagram continues to pump out new Android versions. Since the initial release of the app, version 1.0.0, which went out on Tuesday, the company has released three updates, two of them mostly bugfix-related, but the third one added more device support: tablets and wi-fi only handsets like the Galaxy S Wi-Fi (think of it as an Android iPod touch).

Ready for a mobile phone upgrade?
Version 1.0.3 went out on Thursday, adding tablets and wi-fi only handsets. While we still believe it's not the easiest thing in the world to take a picture or video using a tablet, whether it's Android or iPad, it's still nice to be able to at least view Instagram images on your tablet of choice.

Meanwhile, Android users continue to appreciate the rapid-fire bug fixing that the company is doing. The Android fragmentation problem, no matter what Google says, exists not just because of different Android versions but because of all the different hardware involved, and no matter what, a developer simply can't test against every single variant.

Even differences in carrier loads can cause issues, as those one carrier-specific ROM could have bugs another carrier's does not.

After the initial release of the Android version on Tuesday, the app was downloaded a million times in the first 12 hours. According to Google Play, it currently has somewhere between one and five million installs.

The app has a 4.5 star rating in Google Play.

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